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The designÕs the thing for
longtime GCM contributor
Mark Leslie, a regular editorial contributor to
GCM, has branched out into the world of book pub
lishing, and his most recent effort, "Putting a Little
Spin On It: The Design's The Thing," about the world
of golf course design, is discussed in Leslie's home
town paper, the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal. www.
South Dakota course to expand
Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club in Spearfsh, S.D., opened
nine holes three years ago. Now, according to the
Black Hills Pioneer, work is beginning to make it an 18-
hole facility. www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/article_
Anonymous gift buoys
Nebraska golf course
A nearly $7 million gift to nine different groups and
organizations in the small Nebraska town of Milford (pop
ulation 2,156) has left those who work at the town's nine-
hole golf course speechless after Thornridge Golf Course
found its way onto that short list. The Lincoln Journal
Star has the story. http://journalstar.com/news/local/
Trump shifts course on
plans in Scotland
Businessman Donald Trump withdrew a planning ap-
plication to build a golf course in Scotland, Herald Scotland
reports. It may have something to do with his legal bat
tle there over an offshore wind turbine development that
is being built nearby. www.heraldscotland.com/news/
@turfman81: The combination of collegiate level busi-
ness classes along with great networking opportunities
and camaraderie made SBI13 an absolute success!
— Scott Hall, Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater, N.J.
@CreekSupt : Incredible three days of business training
for the supt. Highly engaging and interactive, sometimes
full contact. Wow! Thanks @SyngentaUS #SBI13
— Matt Kregel, The Club at Strawberry Creek, Kenosha, Wis.
@gcsupt : Best business education a super can get. Lots
of education along w/ great food, late-night billiards and
free ice cream. A memorable week.
— Jeff Smelser, Galveston (Texas) Country Club
@boaz576: Biggest takeway: the problem with being a
leader is it's infectious. Do you want others to catch what
you got? #SBI13
— J.R. McCroskey, Wild Dunes Resort, Harbor Course,
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Sharp Park moves forward
Environmentalists lost another battle with the city of
San Francisco over Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifca, Calif.
The City Planning Commission rejected a call to re
quire a full environmental impact report on a construction
project at the golf course, the San Francisco Chronicle re
ports. Environmentalists believe the work, which includes
clearing reeds and sediment from a pond and waterway,
threatens California red-legged frogs and San Francisco
garter snakes at the golf course. Three years ago, envi
ronmentalists (including Sierra Club) fled a lawsuit to shut
down the golf course, arguing that the golf course oper
ation threatened area wildlife. The lawsuit ultimately was
dismissed in 2012 by a federal judge.
Famed architect Alister MacKenzie (who also de
signed Augusta National Golf Club) designed Sharp Park.
The municipal golf course is more than 80 years old.
Rooney honored by ASGCA
Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foun-
dation and Patriot Golf Day, is the 2014 recipient of the
Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf
Course Architects (ASGCA). It will be presented May 5
during the 68th ASGCA Annual Meeting in Tulsa, Okla.
The award is named for ASGCA's honorary frst pres
ident, and is presented to an individual who has made a
positive contribution to golf and golf course architecture.
Rooney is majority owner of The Patriot Golf Club in Tulsa.
Former PGA of America CEO
lands new position
Former PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka joined
Buffalo Communications as chief global strategist to fur
ther expand the frm's leadership position and spring-
board growth in the broader sports and lifestyle catego-
Steranka, who led the PGA of America for seven
years, resigned his post there in 2012.
Adam Garr @Superin10dent
Let's go ahead and fle this under Plan
Z. It's working amazingly well. pic.
Kevin W. Frank @MSUTurf
Another sampling of Poa survival can
didates from HTRC, 50 days under ice.
Nick Janovich @njanovich
Back from an awesome ski trip. Offce
has fresh paint and foor is waxed.
Ready for #spring. #turfgrass
Brian White @WccBrian
Got the sweeper out today cleaning up
the rough. pic.twitter.com/
Scott Thayer @LegendsTurf
Fresh snow on the Back deck of the
Parker Ferren @ParkerFerren
Perfect day to sling some sand! pic.
Kasey Kauff @KaseyKauff
Ronstar + fert being applied today
by @McCTurf and Dennis pic.twitter.
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